Natchitoches Parish School District shares information on its Covid protocol

Because of numerous positive Covid cases around the state relating to students participating in summer activities on school campuses the Natchitoches Parish School Board felt the need to share some information with the Natchitoches community concerning its Covid protocol.

The School Board can neither confirm nor deny whether any of its staff members have tested positive for Covid due to HIPPA’s Privacy rule. In the event it does happen, the employee would report his/her positive case/symptoms to their principal. The principal would then immediately call School Board Human Resources Director Linda Paige, who is the point of contact for all Covid matters. Paige would then call the Office of Public Health who would ask a series of questions and make the determination to the School Board as to who gets quarantined and who doesn’t based on if people were wearing PPE, social distancing, etc…

Superintendent Grant Eloi assures that they’ve had numerous meetings and sent out numerous emails with guidance for the proper protocol and preventative measures. All school leaders are aware of the situation and have made staff members still working at the schools aware of it as well. Eloi said the central office has been rigid with staff members about the procedure for if/when a positive case is identified.

“We want to be very transparent,” he said. “We want our policy to be followed by everybody. We are having daily conversations about this to keep it at the forefront of people’s minds.”

Superintendent Grant Eloi has issued an administrative directive regarding protocol for positive Covid-19 test results. Due to the presence of Covid-19, each employee of the Natchitoches Parish School Board will be required to follow set guidelines for reporting positive Covid-19 test results.

If I have tested positive for Covid-19, what should I do?
If an employee tests positive for Covid-19, they shall report their test results immediately to their immediate supervisor.

If an employee reports to me with positive test results, what should I do?
If an employee reports to you with positive results, you will immediately report to the Central Office HR personnel. The Central Office HR personnel will then notify the Department of Health.